The Cow Ponies is a Milwaukee-based band founded by music veteran John Graham in 2015. Our set list includes both original music written by John (guitar, vocals) and Tom T (bass, vocals), along with old country, alt country, and cow punk covers. Andy (drums), Keith (pedal steel), and Robin (vocals, sax) round out our crew. After […]
Check out our upcoming shows and listen to some original Cow Ponies music. We’re in the process of booking more shows for spring and summer, so please check back here or on our Facebook page! Our first CD, “Easy to Fall,” was released December 2, 2017 and is available on CD Baby! Here’s a taste […]
Almost all of us in the band have pets, and two of us got our beloved cat Indie from the Wisconsin Humane Society about 11 years ago. He’s a Bombay, he’s gorgeous and smart and hilarious, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.
It is for this reason and more that we are a thousand percent thrilled and honored to be performing at The Second Annual Sofie Show, a benefit for the Wisconsin Humane Society and the brainchild of Dan Augustine, a Milwaukee designer who wanted to show props after adopting his beloved dog Sofie there.
The Sofie Show is a gallery show with art pieces for sale (created by artists all over the U.S.!), live music (us!), and beer (Hinterland!). All at the Zizzo Group, at the corner of N. Milwaukee & E. Chicago in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Actual address for your GPS: 207 N. Milwaukee St.)
Much love to Lisa Ridgely for introducing us to Dan and getting us involved. We’ll be starting at 6 p.m. when The Sofie Show opens, taking a break somewhere around 7:30, then playing on until 9 p.m., when the event ends.
Suggested donation at the door: 5 bucks. Hope 2 C U there!
Hey guys! This Saturday night we’re honored to be on the bill with Chris Head & The Honchos as they celebrate the release of their new CD, “Chicken Wire” (see below; great cover). We met Chris and the boys last August at the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash at Linneman’s last August (we sure made a lotta good friends at that show) and were wholeheartedly impressed by their power trio-ness. And Chris’s wardrobe. Man. Come check it out. The Ponies’ll also be showcasing two new songs: one a twangy Beatle-esque original by John, the other our take on a Rodney Crowell 80s classic, both perfect for slow-groove dancing.
Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall is located at 1920 S. 37th Street in Milwaukee. We’ve also booked some new gigs in June and August that we’ll share with you very soon. Love you love you!
The last time we performed at Thoughts for Food, the annual music event benefitting the Racine County Food Bank, three of us were playing R&B, soul, ska, and reggae-beat in a whole other band in a whole other lifetime. That’s obviously gonna change when we hit the stage at TFF this Saturday night, playing original alt country and cow punk written by John and Tom T. What we know’ll be the same are the great crowds that move from venue to venue and land right smack in front of your stage for a piece. And the sound crew, oh, the sound crew: some of the best we’ve ever worked with. We’re looking forward to hanging with you again, dear Racine, and invite you to spend part of the last leg of Thoughts for Food with us at John’s Dock, located at 303 Dodge Street in downtown Racine, right by the water. Tickets are available for ten bucks until noon on Friday the 3rd; thereafter, they’re still an excellent price at $15. Your ticket gets you into all 15 TFF venues. The event goes 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., and we’ll be at John’s Dock from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. See y’all!
We first met the boys of Liar’s Trial, one of Milwaukee’s premier classic- and country rock bands, last August at organizer Will James’s “Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash” at Linneman’s in Riverwest. Since then, we’ve stayed in touch via social media and are now coming together at one of Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall’s famous Sunday Matinees. A few of us Cow Ponies experienced our official Sunday Matinees last year when we checked out Americana rock and roll country band The Mosleys, then the 60s Go-Go sound of The Exotics, and it was a BLAST. Turns out that partying on Sunday afternoons in Milwaukee, at least at Kochanski’s (1920 S. 37th St.), definitely rivals going out on the town on Friday and Saturday nights. Our show on Sunday, Feb. 26 starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 6. In between we’ll be doing alternating sets, starting with Liar’s Trial at 2 then The Cow Ponies at 3. Hope 2 C U there!
P.S. Liar’s Trial will have swag for sale. (Alas, our first CD is not yet ready. But soon.)
Tom T and Carter Hunnicutt of Those X-Cleavers, next Saturday night at Circle-A Cafe, Alive at 8! Carter opens the show with his solo material, then joins The Cow Ponies on keyboards for their set. A must-see show! Below: Carter, Tom T, and John Graham, doin’ a little rehearsin’ Wed. night.
Happy Holidays from The Cow Ponies, man! This will always be a special time of year for us, as it’s the anniversary of our very first gig: December 26, 2015 at Circle-A doing Alive at 8. Seems fitting then that we do Alive at 8 again, this time in early-ish January, and with special guest Carter Hunnicutt, who’s both opening and sitting in with us in lieu of pedal-steeler Keith, who’ll be at a father-daughter dance that night. We’d love to see you there!
We had the good fortune to first meet up with Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot this past January when we performed together at Club Girabaldi in Bay View at the invitation of Doghouse Flowers. Three country bands – three very different country bands – on the same bill, in the middle of winter. Lots of people turned up, it was high-energy, it was wonderful. And it was only our second gig.
This past August, we and Alex & The Boys and Doghouse Flowers were together again, this time as three of seven bands playing the Milwaukee edition of the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash at Linneman’s in Riverwest. On November 5, Alex, Jeff H., and Jeff J., along with Chrissy Dzioba of The WhiskeyBelles and Michael De Vogel traveled down to Nashville to perform at that city’s iteration of the traveling show.
Tonight, we’re happy to be performing together again with Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, where we’ll be doing alternating sets starting at 9 p.m. The Cow Ponies are up first, then Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot, then we’ll do it all again. Wash, rinse, repeat. Come join us for a special night with what Shepherd Express called the two “wildest” bands at the Gram Parson 70th Birthday Bash!
Man, oh man, are we ever excited about this show at McAuliffe’s Pub! The last time John, Tom, and Robin played in Racine, it was with a different band, in a whole different lifetime.
One thing from back then that we’ve never forgotten is the loyal support of J J McAuliffe, owner of the Pub, and all the people of Racine, who were really good to us and kept us coming back for gigs throughout town. It goes without saying that we’re happy to be heading to Racine again – we hope it’s the start of another long and beautiful relationship.
Another thing we’re a thousand percent psyched about is being on the McAuliffe’s bill with national act Dave Arcari, the Scottish alt blues singer-guitarist who’s making his way around the States on tour, and whose videos we can’t get enough of on YouTube. Hell, just go to his website and check out the beard and the tatts and the voice, and you’ll start to know what we mean. #obsessed
Better yet, after you get your taste on the Internet, get yourself to McAuliffe’s to see us and Mr. Arcari (Dave opens the show) live and in living color. It’ll be a pretty wild night. Count on it.
When we were asked to be a part of Cosmic American Productions’ 9th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Bash, we were like, “Are you sure? We’re so rowdy.”
Nicknamed the “Heartland Show,” the Linneman’s leg of the traveling one-night festival celebrates Gram Parsons and his far-reaching influence on country music (and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones), with the ultimate goal of getting Parsons inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. One of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Most Important Artists of All Time,” Parsons died in 1973 at the age of 26. This November would have been his 70th birthday.
After Will James, organizer of the Birthday Bash, told us “You’re in,” one thing led to another, and here we are, one rehearsal away from headlining the show this Saturday night at Linneman’s River West Inn on Locust Ave., 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Seven country-influenced bands from Chicago and Milwaukee will each play 40-minute sets, including some Parsons’ songs and their own original material. The Cow Ponies’ set starts at midnight.
Two of the Milwaukee bands that will also be there are Doghouse Flowers and Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot, with whom we played in one hella-stellar show back in January.
Admission at the door is $10. That’s a buck-forty-three per band. Yeah. We’ll see ya there.
Last weekend, our drummer Andy played at DEVOtional, the annual two-day tribute to Devo at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, with his other band, dear friends Xposed 4Heads. When you see him, ask him about it. They killed it.
If you’re part of the old Milwaukee music scene – and even if you’re not – you’ll love this show, a more-than-friendly face-off between John Graham of the Rock-A-Dials slash Tom T of Those X-Cleavers, and Bobby Steele of Tense Experts: three guys whose bands were highly influential in the 80s scene, who have been making music all along since that magical time in Mil-town’s musical history. Check out their newest projects – John and Tom T in The Cow Ponies, and Bobby in his Rockford, IL-based Law & Love. Lotsa mutual respect there. So intriguing that Robin’s long-long-long-time besties are drivin’ over from Cleveland (OH, not WI) to check it out. You should too.